Mt Manaia commands the entrance to Whangarei Harbour, the view is spectacular but the 1.5 hour walk to the summit is not for the faint-hearted! The walk, through mature bush is quite beautiful even before opening out onto the bare rock that makes up this viewpoint.
Auckland is the commercial capital of New Zealand but anything to the North can be considered "Northland". Preferred destination for tourists and workers alike when surf, sand, diving and fishing is involved. It has a solid rural base of Dary, Beef and Sheep as well as horticulture and wineyards. Whangarei is the regional city on the way up to Cape Reinga at the northernmost tip of the island.